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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brandon Lee, S.F.'s Porn Star Chef

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

click to enlarge After a boyfriend breakup last summer, the star of films including "Fortune Nookie" moved from L.A. to S.F. - ADAM BOUSKA/NOH8CAMPAIGN.COM
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  • After a boyfriend breakup last summer, the star of films including "Fortune Nookie" moved from L.A. to S.F.
Jimmy T., a pharmacy fraud investigator who'd prefer not to give his last name, wanted to make sure people showed up for a Halloween party at his SOMA apartment. So he booked porn star Brandon Lee.

If you're into gay porn, you may know Lee as the scrappy, inked-up Filipino American who banged through stereotypes to be the first famous Asian top. You may not know that after breaking up with his real-life partner, Lee moved to San Francisco from L.A. in July for a fresh start. As a chef.

Advertising his catering business on Facebook with the slogan "Want to taste something ... naughty?" Lee's been consistently booked for parties and private classes by, so far, an all-gay clientele. He's prepared desserts and savory dishes ― often working in a Filipino twist ― for anywhere from two to 50 guests.

While he still does occasional films, he claims he's now making more dough sautéing than he ever did screwing. Oddly enough, myth has it that Lee's porn career started with food ― he was discovered at 18 while delivering Chinese takeout to a porn shoot, after a director asked "to see his egg roll."

click to enlarge Lee caters private events for up to 50 guests. - BRANDON LEE
  • Brandon Lee
  • Lee caters private events for up to 50 guests.
"I absolutely despise that story," Lee told SFoodie over the phone. For one, he was discovered in a bathhouse. Secondly, porn sets rarely have food: "If you're taking it up the butt, you don't really want to eat before that ... except maybe Viagra or Cialis."

In truth, Lee always kept a side job while doing porn ― even doing a tour in Iraq repairing jet cockpits in the Navy. [Go to our sister blog The Snitch to read about Lee's experiences making porn while actively enlisted.] He says he still stays in impeccable shape by daily workouts at either 24 Hour Fitness or Gold's Gym on Market. "I really watch my weight. When I was working in kitchens for 12 to 16 hour days, being on my feet constantly, it's easy to lose weight, too."

The son of a Coast Guard cook, Lee graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2003 in both pastry and savory programs, and worked his way up from Princess Cruises to the executive chef at Michelin-rated Ortolan in L.A. Now settled into an apartment near Parkmerced and declaring an allegiance to Delfina's braised pork belly, the man's got dreams of making it big. Maybe a tapas bar, he muses, then adds: "What I'd really love to do is have a male version of Hooters, where I'd be the chef and have a bunch of porn boys running around being the waiters. Call it 'Peters' or something."

Not to say Lee isn't serious about food. Back at Jimmy T.'s party, he cooked up some cupcakes and truffles that, admittedly, surprised the guests. "The expectations were pretty low," Jimmy says, laughing. "But he's actually very talented at that, and when I say 'that,' I'm referring to the pastries."

That wasn't the only dessert. At the request of the ladies, Lee also stripped off his shirt.

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